It has been about 7 weeks since my last article.
That doesn't mean I haven't been busy. During this time, I've done many things,
most of which are not directly FreeBSD related. Yes, I do have a busy life
away from the keyboard.
Since arriving in Ottawa back in May, I've spent a great deal of time mountain biking.
I've been into the Gatineau hills many times. I especially like one trail we've found
which is very under used, filled with single track, and a nice 45 minute loop. One day,
before the snow settles, I want to do a couple more laps around there.
I've also been spending a great deal of time at Kanata Lakes. This forested area has many
bits of single track, with quite a few nice loops. I've been avoiding the Dark Side,
as my first enounter with that area did not bode well. It's a very technical area. I
prefer to ride more than 45 seconds without dismounting for the next vertical rock face.
But the rest of the area has large areas suitable for advanced to expert riders.
I've even managed to make it down to Potsdam NY and ride the single track at a university
there. I like that. I'd like to go down again this weekend, but it seems most people
have given up cycling for the season. I don't mind riding alone. It's just that with a
road trip, it's good to have company. Besides, the border crossing is easy if you are not
The FreeBSD Diary
Even if you can't see any change, it does happen. I've been working on the structure of
the website and improving it. I used it as the basis for the new FreshPorts development
area. Now that we are going to have multiple developers, each with their own website and
database, it's good to see that we can use the flexibility inherent within the structure.
If you use the ports tree, and you aren't a registered
FreshPorts user, you should be. As a registered user,
you can add your favourite ports to a watch list. If any change occurs to those ports, you
will be sent a notification email detailing the change. And yes, it's all free.
Public disclosure: Yes, FreshPorts is my website....
The work on FreshPorts2 has resumed. We will be adding many new features, including,
but not limited to:
- /category/port URLs: browse to your favourite port using a pathname
- register all of your installed ports using a FreshPorts shell script
- the functionality to expand the FreshPorts concept to any source tree
When will FreshPorts2 be ready? I don't know. It depends on how fast we work.
We're always looking for volunteers for the FreshPorts projects. Right now, we're
in need of someone to do a face lift on the website to make it look better than it is now...
But we can always use more hands to do php/html work.
If you are interested, join the FreshPorts Develop mailing list by sending a message to majordomo
at freshports.org with "subscribe develop" in the body of the message. Once you are subscribed,
just let us know that you're there and what type of stuff you'd like to do.